The more I read about Turkey, the more determined I am to visit there one day. I just can’t believe this country has so many fascinating sights, and so I have put together a little list of what I think are places in Turkey that should not be missed!
You have to include this city is your travel plans! Located in the Southwest section of Turkey, Bodrum is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus-one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Bodrum is also known as the finest Aegean resort in all of Turkey. Boasting 9 miles of stunning, sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, exquisite cuisine, and the ultimate shopping experience places Bodrum high on the list of places to see.
The Blue Mosque
Located in the heart of Istanbul, the Blue Mosque is unarguably the most frequented tourist attraction in all of Turkey. As impressive as the outside may be, nothing can compare with the 20,000 blue tiles that make up the soaring ceiling. It is still used as a mosque today.
The Hagia Sophia
Again, located in Istanbul dominates the scenery with the massive dome that is 102 feet in diameter. Built originally as a basilica in the 6th century, it became a museum in 1935 and remains one the most popular tourist attractions in Turkey.
You are going to be stunned by the sheer beauty of this totally unrealistic landscape in Western Turkey. Completely white terraces that have been naturally formed over the centuries and an abundance of hot springs brings tourists by the thousands to bathe in the healing waters.
The Goreme Fairy Chimneys
Spectacular, naturally formed rock formations that are not only weirdly beautiful, but breathtaking to look at. 2 volcanic eruptions along with water and wind erosion came together to form this natural phenomenon. Since the rock is so easy to carve, churches and houses have been built here.
These are just a few of the sights you won’t want to miss on your trip to Turkey. Of course, there are hundreds of other places to visit while you are there. Turkey is a land of rich culture, some dating as far back as the 5th century. The ruins and buildings are sights to behold, so have your camera ready. You will never see anything like this again.
You must see the world famous ‘Whirling Dervishes’ at least once. The whirling dance (also known as Sema) is part of an ancient ceremony that is performed by members of the Mevlevi Order. Shows are performed in Konya, where it originated, but special performances are also given in Istanbul. This is a performance you have to see to believe!
The city of Cappadocia was formed after Mt. Erciyes erupted, and nature took the course from then on. There are an abundance of underground tunnels and cave houses if you have an exploring nature, and hot air balloon rides for those who are brave enough to try them.
Well, there you have it. A short intro to what there is to do and see while you are in Turkey. This list doesn’t come close to the myriad of attractions and stunning sights you are going to see once you arrive in Turkey. You may want to book a tour so that you don’t miss out on anything. You will undoubtedly see much more this way instead of wandering about on your own. If you are the adventurous sort however, then by all means get out there and explore all Turkey has to offer as a vacation destination.